Kids Say the Darndest Things…
Of course, that was the title of a popular television show, first hosted by the late, great Art Linkletter (clip below)
…and later by the still great Bill Cosby (clip below).
If you’ve never watched this show, you owe it to yourself to look up some clips like the ones above. I don’t think you will be able to keep yourself from laughing.
What make children so amusing to us (adults)?
I’d say that part of the reason we, as adults, find children so amusing is the fact that they still have such a sense of wonder about the world (as evidenced by little Jake in the second clip above). Also, they are so honest — there’s no pretense. Their view of the world may seem quite simplistic to us, but it is so refreshing to see such sincerity, trust and hope on display. Children are so full of potential and are not afraid to dream big (e.g., little Jake was going to be a Paleontologist and a Rock Star when he grew up).
How do we stay young at heart?
I think that we can stay young at heart by spending plenty of time with our kids and learning to appreciate their outlook on life. We should protect their innocence as long as possible: they’re only young once and the realities of the adult world will be upon them soon enough. We can be refreshed by engaging in the frivolity of youth with our kids and finding, no, MAKING time to lay aside the daily pressures of life to get down on our kids’ level and just have fun. It will do you a world of good.
Capture the memories…
It’s also very important to capture the memories of our children as they grow, whether it be via home videos or keeping a journal. It’s great to be able to go back and relive those precious moments.
Let me share with you…
two things that my 8-year old son did recently:
- He had brought home his homework and his grandfather pointed out one question he got wrong and asked him if he should correct it. He said “no, he could not” and explained that this was an assignment that he had accidentally brought home and that it would not be right to correct it because it should have been turned in during class. Needless to say, both my dad and I were very proud of his honesty.
- Today, I asked him if he could keep a secret until next week — I wanted to tell him about a game that I had ordered online for the entire family. I said that the secret would be just between the two of us. To my surprise, he hesitated and then said “Why does it have to be just between you and me…I don’t know if I can keep a secret, but I really want to know what it is”. I told him that if he couldn’t keep the secret, then he would have to wait to find out — and he was okay with that. It amused me that he knew his limitations — he knew himself well enough to know that he would not be able to keep the secret.
Share your stories:
Perhaps the two examples above aren’t as interesting to you as they were to me, but I’m sure you have stories of your own, whether pertaining to your kids, grandchildren or nephews/nieces. I’d love to hear them. Please share your cute or amusing stories in the “comments” section below.
Till next time, stay young at heart!
-Patrick @ http://FamilyStaples.com